Catholic Scripture Study – Gospel of Luke

catholic scripture.pngThe Gospel of Luke invites you to behold “a beautiful and powerful portrait of Our Lord Jesus Christ”.

In this eighteen-week study: encounter both divine mercy and divine justice in the parables of the prodigal son, the Good Samaritan, the rich young fool, the Pharisee and the tax collector and many, many more, see how God’s Mercy transformed lives by healings and forgiveness, recognize Him in the breaking of the bread.

Sessions start Saturday morning 9/9 and Tuesday evening 9/12. Material cost $45. Registration required.  Contact Trudy Rawlins at tarsantos44@gmail.com for information.

 

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Are you called to serve?

are you called to serve.pngWe are looking for Volunteer Catechists

The St. Ann Religious Education/Youth Ministry Programs are thriving and vibrant due to the dedication and commitment of over 55 volunteer parishioners!

For the upcoming 2017-2018 year we are looking for a Sacramental Prep I teacher and a YM 7th Grade teacher. We also are looking for a 5th grade aide as well as Youth Leaders for our YM Program. Training for these positions will be provided.

If you feel called to any of these positions or are interested in joining the RE/YM team in another capacity, please call the RE Office at 247-3092, ext. 104.

 Mahalo and God bless!

 

Early Registration for Religious Education

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St. Ann offers Religious Education & Youth Ministry classes for children and teens, for grades Pre-K (3-4 yrs.) thru High School Confirmation Class.  Registration for the 2017-2018 RE/YM school year is now open!

Both new and returning families must register to attend classes. Parents/Legal Guardians may stop by the RE Office during regular business hours (June and July: Monday thru Friday,  8am – 3:30pm) to fill out a registration form and make payment.

On-line registration is also currently available on our website at www.saintannhawaii.org.  The new RE/YM school year begins on Sunday, August 27th.   Please call 247-3092, ext. 104 for any questions.

 

TEACHER AND EXTENDED DAY POSITIONS

TEACHER AND EXTENDED DAY POSITIONS FOR

2017 – 2018 SCHOOL YEAR

St. Ann School and Early Learning Center have various positions available for the

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2017-2018 school year.  We are seeking warm, nurturing, caring, dedicated and responsible individuals with excellent communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively in an open classroom environment, and as part of a team.  Salaries are based on degree and years of experience.

School
Extended Care Aide – Part-Time
Extended Care Supervisor – Part-Time

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Kindergarten Teacher – Full-Time
For more information and an application, please visit the

diocese website

http://catholichawaii.org/about-us/careers/ or call 247-3092 ext.102 for school positions or call 247-3092 ext. 130 for Early Learning Center, positions  M – F, 7:00am to 3:30pm.

Next Sunday’s Readings – July 30, 2017 –

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12   Romans 8:28-30   Matthew 13:44-52

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Meditation:

What do you treasure the most and how do you keep it from being lost or stolen? In a peasant community the best safe was often the earth. The man in the parable (Matthew 13:44) “went in his joy” to sell everything. Why? Because he found a treasure worth possessing above all else he had. He did not, however, have enough to buy the treasure. Fortunately, he only needed enough to buy the field. In a similar fashion, God offers his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17) as incomparable treasure at a price we can afford! We can’t pay the full price for the life which God gives us; but when we exchange our life for the life which God offers, we receive a treasure beyond compare.

Obtaining the greatest possible treasure

The pearl of great price also tells us a similar lesson. Pearls in the ancient world came to represent the supremely valuable. Jesus remarked that one should not cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Why would a merchant sell everything for a peerless pearl? No doubt because he was attracted to what he thought was the greatest treasure he could possess. Discovering God’s kingdom is like stumbling across hidden treasure or finding the one pearl of great price.

When we discover the kingdom of God we receive the greatest possible treasure – the Lord himself. Selling all that we have to obtain this incomparable treasure could mean many things – our friends, job, our “style of life”, what we do with our free time. Treasure has a special connection to the heart, the place of desire and longing, the place of will and focus. The thing we most set our heart on is our highest treasure. In this parable what does the treasure of the kingdom refer to? It certainly refers to the kingdom of God in all its aspects. But in a special way, the Lord himself is the treasure we seek for. If the Almighty is your gold and your precious silver, then you will delight yourself in the Almighty (Job 22:22- 23). Is the Lord the treasure and delight of your heart?

 

Taste of St. Ann

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Join us next weekend on July 29th for St. Ann’s annual social event, the Taste of St. Ann, featuring home cooked dishes as well as Tastes from some of our favorite local eateries.

Serving starts at 7:00pm and continues to 8:30pm, fellowship and entertainment to continue to 10:00pm. Don’t miss this intimate gathering and an opportunity to visit with your fellow parishioner.

If you have are interested donating a delicious Dish for this wonderful event or if you’d like to volunteer a few hours to help make this event another successful one for St. Ann Parish, please contact Ryan Brown at 808-218-2046 or via email at ryan@adragency.com.

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Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Reflection:

16th sunday ordinary time.pngToday, Saint Paul reminds us of a truth we can easily miss: “the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.”  Through the sacrament of Confirmation, God gives us the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Too often these gifts remain dormant.  Perhaps today is the day to wake up and rely on these powerful gifts: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in God’s presence.

Identify how you have used one of your seven gifts in the past week?

 

 

This Week’s Collections

seminarian education fundProject Share

Please support St. Ann Project Share.  Your donations will help stock our food pantry and fund financial assistance for those in need..

Seminarian Education Fund

Please prayerfully consider making a gift to the Seminary Education Fund. With the costs of education being over $320,000 per each seminarian over his nine years of studies, the Office of Vocations historically operates at a deficit budget of over $200,000 in the recent years. Your support greatly impacts the formation and education of the future priests of our diocese. Your gift will help in ways that are simply immeasurable!

 

Next Sunday’s Readings – July 9, 2017

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zechariah 9:9-10   Romans 8:9, 11-13   Matthew 11:25-30

Meditation:

Do you want to know the mind and heart of God? Jesus thanks the Father in heaven for revealing to his followers the wisdom and knowledge of God. What does Jesus’ prayer tell us about God and about our relationship with him? First, it tells us that God is both Father and Lord of the earth as well as heaven. He is both the Creator and Author of all that he has made the first origin of everything. His authority, wisdom, and gracious care extends to every living thing, and his boundless love and goodness is directed to the welfare of each person made in his image and likeness. He is the source of all human life. That is why all fatherhood and motherhood is ultimately derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15).

Pride – the root of sin

Jesus‘ prayer contrasts the “wisdom of the world” with the wisdom which comes from above – from the Father of heaven who is all wise and good. Jesus’ prayer contains an implicit warning that pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. What makes us ignorant and blind to the wisdom of God? Certainly intellectual pride, coldness of heart, and stubbornness of will shut out God and his wise rule and fatherly care for our personal lives. Pride is the root of all vice and evil and the strongest influence propelling us to sin against God and to do wrong to our neighbor. Sinful pride first vanquishes the heart, making it cold and indifferent towards God. It also closes the mind to God’s truth and wisdom for our lives. What is pride’s flaw? It is the inordinate love of oneself at the expense of others and the exaggerated estimation of one’s own knowledge, power, importance and position over others.

 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Reflection:

todays reflectionThis week and next Matthew refers to “little ones.” Who are the little ones in these scriptures today? The woman cares for Elisha in his time of need. Elisha cares for the woman in her time of need. The “little ones” are anyone in need, in whom we are to see the face of Christ himself. Who are the little ones in your community? How are you called to reach out to them and care for their needs? What willing sacrifice will you have to make? What will be the reward?

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